eggplant “parm”

eggplant "parm"--Journey for JessiDay two of my vegan challenge!  I must admit… I may have had a few bites of some Biscoff Oatmeal Cookie and thinking about it now, it probably was made with eggs.  This inspired me though, so for this weekend I will attempt to “veganize” the recipe!  For dinner however, it was 100% vegan!  I made my mom’s Eggplant Parmesan and made it gluten-free and vegan. Continue reading

vegan venture

Happy October!  Fall is upon us.  The leaves are changing, the air is changing…and so is my diet.  What?  That is right.  I am challenging myself this month–all 31 days to go vegan!  What is veganism? What brought this on?  I will answer all of these questions soon I promise!  If you feel like joining this journey with me, comment on this post and follow along and we can support each other! Continue reading

easy healthy tortilla chips

easy healthy tortilla chips--Journey for JessiCooking dinner during the week (especially a week during exams) can sometimes get pushed on the back burner.  That is why it is nice to have quick, simple, and healthy recipes to make for dinner.  One of my go-to’s is a Dairy-Free Avocado Quesadilla complete with salsa and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

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almond butter & banana oatmeal

Almond Butter and Banana Oatmeal--Journey for JessiAlmond Butter and Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients

♦ 1 ripe banana

♦ 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

♦ 1 tbsp natural almond butter

♦ ½ dried fig

Mash half a banana into the oats and heat for 1.5-2 minutes.  Stir up the oats and top with the other half of banana, almond butter, and dried fig.  I like to mix the almond butter into the oats after the heat melts the almond butter a bit.  It is delicious!  

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egg-cellent protein source

microwaved egg whites--journey for jessiEggs.  I used to despise the taste and texture of eggs.  Slowly though, I have come to realize that the texture problem I had was because of the yolks, so I began to ditch those on most occasions, and the taste aspect? Who knew most restaurants (and sometimes my family) add milk and cheese into their scrambled eggs?  No wonder I have a negative bias towards eggs, me being lactose intolerant and what not.  No, eggs are not vegan (I do buy cage-free and free-range though), but they are packed with protein and have done me wonders this past week. Continue reading

portobello mushroom salad

portobello mushroom salad--journey for jessi

As a pescatarian, I revel in the beauty that is the Portobello Mushroom.  It is such a good vegetarian replacement for a burger patty or steak, and they are also great for stuffing or grilling!  Last week, I had an amazing salad with roasted Portobello mushrooms, summer squash, and peppers at a restaurant. I wanted to try to recreate this salad, but my fridge was lacking in the vegetable department.  The result though, was a Portobello Mushroom Salad, and it was delicious! Continue reading

zucchini “pasta” with pesto

Zucchini Pasta with Pesto--Journey for JessiI made this dish while I was staying in Fort Collins.  I was so excited to learn that my future roommate bought a vegetable spiralizer and I could not wait to try it out!  We had the girls over one night and I decided to make Pesto for dinner.  The girls had it with spaghetti and I had mine on top of Zucchini “Pasta.” Continue reading

kick-start circuit series: rotation five

Rotation Five I have almost given you all of my morning wake-up workouts!  After this one, just one more to go!  If you happened to miss the the other four, check them out!  

Notice that this rotation is repeated four times (the others were usually three).  This is because when I did this circuit only three times, it took me six minutes and burnt 20 calories (*based on my body and level of exertion).  Maybe I just was not feeling “it” this morning, but my heart rate stayed pretty low.  If this is the case with you as well, do my recommended four repetitions.  As always though, listen to your body.  You know it best. Continue reading

kick-start circuit series: rotation one

kick-start circuit series: rotation oneGood morning!  Today I am going to start my Strength Circuit Series!  These are my various workouts I do first thing in the morning right after I wake up.  They are not meant to be super crazy cardio or extreme weight lifting circuits, just something to wake me up and kick-start my body and metabolism.  There are five rotations I go through, one per day.  When I have completed all five (five days), I will just begin again on rotation one the following day.  I work based off of rotations, rather than designate Monday to one circuit, another to Tuesday and so on, because this allows me to listen to my body.   Continue reading

summer mornings

summer mornings--Journey for JessiDespite the fact that summer usually means sleeping in late for most college students, I cannot bear the notion.  Why waste the most beautiful part of the day?  The promise of a fresh start every morning with the whole day ahead of you.  I think my body knows this and that is why I cannot sleep in past 9 am–and that is still pretty late for me.  I average around 7:30 am unless I set an alarm to go for a run.  In Houston, the day heats up pretty quickly, and if I have not hit the pavement before the sun makes its appearance, I am in trouble. Continue reading